Pope's Holy Week Schedule Released
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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 27, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will preside over the major liturgical ceremonies in and around the Vatican during Holy Week.
The Pope will also preside over the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum on Good Friday, according to a calendar released by the Vatican press office today.
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April 1: Palm Sunday and the Passion of the Lord
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St. Peter's Square: 9:30 a.m., local time
Benedict XVI will bless the palm and olive branches and, at the end of the procession, will celebrate the Mass of the Passion of the Lord.
April 5: Holy Thursday
St. Peter's Basilica: 9:30 a.m., local time
Benedict XVI will preside over the concelebration of the Chrism Mass with the cardinals, bishops and diocesan and religious priests present in Rome.
April 5: Holy Thursday
Mass of the Lord's Supper
Basilica of St. John Lateran: 5:30 p.m., local time
Benedict XVI will preside over the concelebration of the Mass and will wash the feet of 12 men. During the rite, those present will be invited to make an act of charity supporting the Medical Dispensary of Baidoa in Somalia. The sum gathered will be entrusted to the Holy Father at the moment of the presentation of gifts.
April 6: Holy Friday
Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
St. Peter's Basilica: 5 p.m., local time
Benedict XVI will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the adoration of the cross and the rite of Communion.
Way of the Cross
Colosseum: 9:15 p.m., local time
Benedict XVI will preside over the Way of the Cross. At the end, he will address the faithful and impart his apostolic blessing.
April 7-8: Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection
St. Peter's Basilica: 10 p.m., local time
Benedict XVI will bless the new fire in the atrium of St, Peter's Basilica. After the processional entrance into the basilica with the Easter candle and singing the Exultet, he will preside over the Mass, including the baptismal liturgy.
St. Peter's Square: 10:30 a.m., local time
Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square. He will then impart his blessing "urbi et orbi."